em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.
Recent Examples on the Web Silicon Valley tech executives said that moving to block a deal in an embryonic area of technology might stifle innovation and spook technologists from taking bold leaps in new areas. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Still, theologians continued to push the idea of embryonic humanity; in 1621, the physician Paolo Zacchia, an adviser to the Vatican, proclaimed that the soul was present from the moment of conception. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 16 July 2022 Later, by adjusting the rate of cell contraction and other variables, the researchers showed that physical tension in the embryonic mass directly affected the pattern. Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2022 The researchers then plucked a few cells from among the 300 or so in each blastocyst and established embryonic stem cell lines in the lab. Megan Molteni, STAT, 8 July 2022 Like Rafal Smigrodzki, Hsu is confident that public disapproval will ease, and that one day soon embryonic selection against inheritable diseases will be considered the norm. Wired, 6 July 2022 As with the truck, the R1S flattered my embryonic off-road skills; Rivian's software is extremely good at working out how much torque to send to each wheel at any particular time to make progress when in off-road mode. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 July 2022 The trigger law bans all abortions other than those necessary to save the life or prevent disabling injury to the mother, and the six-week law bans abortions once embryonic cardiac activity is detected, generally around six weeks of pregnancy. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 14 July 2022 The Texas heartbeat law, and others like it, rely on ultrasound to detect the first collective electrical firing of primitive embryonic cardiac cells. Catherine M. Klapperich, STAT, 3 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \ adverb


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